News for Wednesday 070815
By Dave Graichen
An announcement is expected later this week on whether Fort Polk will see a reduction in troops. The Vernon Parish military base is one of 30 bases nationwide that faces cuts as a result of a mandate that requires the Army to reduce its force by 40-thousand.
The mother of a third-grade girl has filed a civil lawsuit against the Rapides Parish School Board, alleging that the child was locked on a bus last fall for a full school day after the driver failed to check the seats. The suit claims the 8-year-old girl fell asleep on the bus while on the way to J.B. Nachman Elementary School in Alexandria only to wake up all alone in a locked bus. The child was not discovered until the bus driver returned in the afternoon.
Cenla broadcasting notes the passing of Joe Tucker Robison, who founded Crest Industries and built it into one of Central Louisiana’s biggest companies. Robison started his first company out of the trunk of his car nearly six decades ago. Today, Pineville-based Crest and its subsidiaries employ about 600 people. Joe Robison, dead at 86.
The APD reports Three Alexandria men are facing charges after shots were fired Monday morning at a man who had been robbed hours earlier. Police say the man, who was a local vendor, who was robbed at gunpoint earlier in the day. The suspects were able to elude police at the time. However, about two hours later, officers were sent to the 4700 block of Lee Street after receiving a report of shots fired. . The robbery victim said he and a coworker were riding around the area, looking for his property, when someone fired at their vehicle. The vehicle was hit, but no one was injured. Police did capture the suspects this time and all three were charged.
New Orleans Police arrest one of their own as part of the investigation into the fatal shooting of officer Daryle Holloway. Chief Michael Harrison says suspended officer Wardell Johnson did a lazy job of processing the evidence from a domestic shooting against suspected cop killer Travis Boys and that includes the pat down of the suspect. Harrison says they are still unsure how Boys got the gun that he allegedly used to kill Holloway on June 20th all while handcuffed in the back seat of the cruiser.
Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon warns residents that the top two months for vehicle thefts are July and August. Donelon advises drivers not to leave their windows down even in the southern Louisiana heat, especially with valuables in sight.
The Louisiana chapter of Americans for Prosperity is running a radio ad that directs voters to a website that highlights the lawmakers who voted to increase taxes and fees to balance this fiscal year’s budget. Director of the anti-tax group, The website is louisiana-scorecard-dot-com
Several lawmakers who voted for the tax increases say it was necessary to prevent huge cuts to higher education and health care.
U.S. Senator David Vitter has sent a letter to President Obama requesting a federal disaster declaration as a result of heavy flooding along the Red River. That historic flooding caused $17 million of estimated damage. The individual parish requests are for Caddo, Bossier, Grant, Natchitoches, and Red River parishes.
The mother of a two year old child, who died after falling out of the window of a moving vehicle in Acadia Parish, was arrested yesterday. State Police Trooper Brooks David says 32-year-old Amber Watson of Church Point was booked on charges of child desertion and no child restraint. Watson’s bond was set at 25-hundred dollars.
An Iberville Parish grand jury formally charged a teacher at MSA-West Academy in Plaquemine on sex charges against students. Thirty year-old Keavin Keith had lab results showing he fathered a child with one of the victims.
The National Right to Life convention this week in New Orleans will also feature a Republican presidential candidate debate on Friday but Governor Bobby Jindal won’t be there. His office says there is a scheduling conflict but that the Governor would be there as keynote speaker Thursday night on opening day.
Louisiana hunters are now allowed to carry any firearm of their choice during bow hunting season. In the past, hunters were only allowed to carry a 22 caliber pistol loaded with rat shot that could only kill small pests. Port Allen Senator Rick Ward says he believes this law will be beneficial to keeping hunters safe from more aggressive animals.
Rapides Regional Trauma Center and Louisiana State Police Troop E will hold their monthly child passenger safety seat check-up event on Wednesday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the center’s Medical Terrace, 211 Fourth St. in Alexandria. No appointment is needed for the free event, and it will happen regardless of weather conditions.